The road-woes for the Huskers
have been obvious and pronounced. The last three games,
What seemed to lay in store for
them as they took on the second ranked Sooners in
It wasn't pretty mind you, but
Ross comes as the one beaming ray of sunshine for the Husker team that has now it's 5th loss of the season and has a conference record of 3-4 on the year. With the turf toe that has been ailing the Junior I-back since Baylor, once again, Ross's efforts didn't reflect the pain he was obviously in.
Rushing the ball for a
season-high 30 times, Ross reeled off rushes of 21 yards, 24 yards, 20 yards,
caught a shovel-pass for 21 yards and before it was all said and done, went out
of the game with a reported bruised sternum. It was as running back
coach, Randy Jordan said, both amazing, but what everyone has come to expect of
the starting I-back. "I don't know what to say."
"We always talk about as a group that the wolf is only strong as the pack and the pack is only as strong as the wolf and right now, he's definitely the strongest wolf in the pack."
Ross finished the game with 136 yards on 30 carries along with 29 yards receiving. The 136 yards puts Cory Ross over the 1,000 yard mark on the season, the first NU running back to accomplish the feat since 2001.
Conversely for the Sooners, they
didn't have a 100-yard rusher, the first time that has happened the entire
season, especially for the freshman phenom, Adrian Peterson. His 67yards is his
lowest total all year, the next highest being the 100 yards he tallied against
What it came down to was what the current Heisman-holder, quarterback Jason White could do to steer OU to a win.
The 6th year Senior answered emphatically. "He was phenomenal." Callahan said of Jason White and his 29 of 35 passing for 383 yards, 3 scores and a school record 18 straight completions. "He's special in every sense."
Coach Stoops said of White's performance that basically, it was another one of those performances he's come to expect. "Jason was unbelievable once again." He said. "He continues to amaze you in what he is able to do."
"The ball is a little bit slippery and the grass is wet and people take it for granted that he's in there executing in a great way."
White's top target was Travis Wilson, the Junior wideout catching 9 balls for 135 yards.
"The game plan worked to
And they did, 8 receivers catching at least one ball for over 10 yards, but 5 receivers having longs each of 20 yards or more.
If you are starting to realize
the trend here, it wasn't
With that, if you are a Husker
fan, you might be inclined to take some sense of relief from a game that
It was to
Of course, there is then, Cory Ross.
Sure, it sounds like a moral victory and to ask Barrett Ruud, he'd tell you he doesn't want them. For the team as a whole, however, especially considering the season, this game could have been a whole lot worse. "Our guys competed." Callahan said. "They fought as hard as they could. I am proud, because this game motivates us for the future."
"I was proud of the way we played, the way we ran the football and I am just looking forward to next week."
Next week holds the last regular
season game of the year for the Huskers as they host the Colorado Buffaloes.
While there is a still a large mathematical chance that NU could still win the
north, none of the players are worried about the end result, rather the goal at
the end. "
"We want to win. That's all we are worried about right now."